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Title: Metamorphosis: The Dynamics of Symbolism in European Fairy Tales
Authors: Vaz da Silva, Francisco
Keywords: Fairy tales
Freud, Sigmund
Lévi-Strauss, Claude
Dundes, Alan
Issue Date: 2002
Publisher: New York: Peter Lang
Abstract: Folklorists have become renowned for focusing on aspects of form and classification to the detriment of content and meaning. Metamorphosis: The Dynamics of Symbolism in European Fairy Tales seeks to reverse this tendency in showing, through an examination of the folkloric data, that European fairy tales involve complex symbolism. This book seeks to explain - in reference to the notion of metamorphosis - the puzzling contradictory attributes of fairy-tale figures that have discouraged the study of meanings in this field, and proposes that the workings of metamorphosis in fairy tales reveal a pervasive cyclic ontology that underlies mythology and ritual. The issue of universal symbolism is again examined - divested from any «archetypal» generalizations - as a subject of worthy reflection.
Description: © 2002 Peter Lang Publishing, Inc, New York. This file contains front matter (including ToC) and 1st page of Introduction only. To acquire the book, go to:
Peer reviewed: Sim
ISSN: 1528-6533
Appears in Collections:DA-LAI - Autoria de livros internacionais

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